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Labour facing strike action over plans to cut quarter of workforce
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Labour facing strike action over plans to cut quarter of workforce

Labour faces potential strike action among its staff following plans to cut about a quarter of its workforce amid a funding crisis and a restructuring of the party’s organisation. The Unite and GMB unions said they would hold indicative ballots of staff this month over possible strike action after the announcement to staff on Tuesday of detailed...

Stratford death: Woman falls from building after man arrested
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Stratford death: Woman falls from building after man arrested

A woman has died after falling from a block of flats soon after a man had been arrested at the same address in east London. The man was taken into custody after police were called to the block in International Way, Stratford, at 16:30 BST on Tuesday. Just over an hour later a woman fell...

Haiti earthquake: Death toll reaches nearly 2,000
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Haiti earthquake: Death toll reaches nearly 2,000

At least 1,941 people are known to have died in Haiti in Saturday’s powerful earthquake – a rise of more than 500 on the previous figure, officials say. Rescue workers have managed to pull 34 people alive from the rubble but many are still missing after the 7.2-magnitude quake. The search for survivors has been...

Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: life term sought for alleged mastermind
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Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: life term sought for alleged mastermind

Malta’s attorney general has called for a life sentence for the businessman Yorgen Fenech for allegedly masterminding the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, which rocked the country four years ago. The attorney general, Victoria Buttigieg, laid formal charges against Fenech, who was arrested in November 2019 trying to leave Malta on his yacht, accused of complicity...

Rail passengers in England and Wales face biggest fare rise since 2012
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Rail passengers in England and Wales face biggest fare rise since 2012

Rail fares in England and Wales are on track to rise at their fastest rate in a decade unless ministers decide to prevent steep price increases to encourage commuters back on to trains. Annual increases in rail fares are usually governed by the July retail prices index (RPI), plus another 1%. The Office for National...

Nearly 45% of A-level entries across UK awarded top grades
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Nearly 45% of A-level entries across UK awarded top grades

Nearly 45% of A-level entries across the UK have been awarded top grades in A-level results, a record-breaking return for students after more than a year of disruption and school closures during the pandemic. The 44.8% in top grades in England, Wales and Northern Ireland matched earlier predictions by university admissions officers but was lower...

Mexican cartel threatens to kill TV news anchor over ‘unfair’ coverage
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Mexican cartel threatens to kill TV news anchor over ‘unfair’ coverage

Masked men claiming to represent Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel have taken the unusual step of circulating a video threatening to kill a national television news anchor for what they viewed as unfair coverage. The video circulated Monday showed masked and heavily armed men surrounding a man seated at a small desk who delivered a message...

China recalls Lithuania ambassador in Taiwan diplomatic office row
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China recalls Lithuania ambassador in Taiwan diplomatic office row

Beijing has recalled its ambassador from Lithuania and asked Vilnius to do the same, over plans by the European country and Taiwan to establish reciprocal diplomatic offices. In a statement on Tuesday, the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs accused Lithuania of disregarding “China’s repeated representations and articulation of potential consequences” in agreeing to such a move with Taiwan....

German election frontrunners fail to impress with flood response
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German election frontrunners fail to impress with flood response

Germany is bracing itself for complex coalition negotiations following September’s national elections, after the leaders of the two strongest parties failed to impress voters with their response to last month’s devastating floods and boosted the confidence of smaller parties. A two-way coalition between the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of the outgoing chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the...

UK’s green economy four times larger than manufacturing sector, says report
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UK’s green economy four times larger than manufacturing sector, says report

The UK’s low carbon economy is now worth more than £200bn, four times the size of the country’s manufacturing sector, with growth expected to accelerate in the coming years, according to new analysis. Despite what experts say has been lacklustre and patchy support from central government, the analysis found more than 75,000 businesses from wind turbine...